With springtime comes another release where we plug the guitars in.
This session features once again many class acts, but we'll let you be the judge of that:
Opening the hostilities with "Antenna" are DON VITO, a trio from Leipzig (Germany), keeping their punk/free jazz tunes very short and intense, stripping them to keep their essential energy, just what you needed to be taken out of hibernation.
TEN VOLT SHOCK are from Freiburg in Germany and are born on the hot ashes of the excellent KURT. Expect some very trebly but catchy tunes from this noise-punk combo...check out "Be Cruel", we are hooked and so should you.
Aahh Brighton... London beach as they call it... and home of the mighty INFANTS, a wild bunch of people having loads of fun with guitars and other noisy devices. "Information" taken from their first EP, gives you a foretaste of the phenomenon.
From Strasbourg (France) comes ENREGISTRE PAR STEVE ALBINI, now that is a band name! For all of you hermetic to the tongue of Victor Hugo, it means "recorded by Steve Albini"...which is a lie, but could be the truth, although it is not. Their noisy rock is infested with Zorn-esque sax, which can only be good.
ALARMA MAN are, by their own words, "swedish geometric"... angular indeed. This quatuor from Gothenburg (Sweden) is also driven by a raw punk energy. Witness "High Tech Towers" and you will know.
The lovely-named DEATH TO PIGS from Nancy (France) are a post-punk combo blending the no-wave weirdness of early Liars with some gloomier noisy atmosphere. "La Bestia en Calor" sums it up nicely, this is ace!
The result of an unlikely crossing between Sonic Youth and Guitar Wolf, MY WAY MY LOVE are a trio from Tokyo who already toured Europe and the US (they are just back from SXSW), delivering direct rock n'roll to their audience only to later lose themselves into layers of larsen and improvised jams.
The nice chaps of GATECHIEN are the rhythmic section of HEADCASES. This bass and drums duo from Poitiers (France) plays some post-hardcore compositions bordering on more experimental shores, haunted by some tortured vocals. Definitely unique.
KIMMO "from Finland" says the website... but they are from Paris, although they sound like they are from Washington DC. But enough geography for now, Kimmo is a great combo juggling like experts between male and female voices, "H and not I" is there to prove it so check out by yourself.
Purveyors of excellence, Gringo Records are home to UK-based SOEZA. A band with a versatile line-up, they might end up a set playing with 2 drumkits and a trumpet but their tunes still have a predominantly rock edge to them."Brackish Waters" is taken from "Why do you do?", their latest release to date, and we dig it.
QUACK QUACK are from Leeds, they feature no duck nor guitar in their line-up but "Cut me some slacks" is still a great track despite that no-duck-handicap. This bass/drum/keyboard trio might have been influenced by Can for its fabulous jazzy drumming and an overall groove layered by droney keyboards...they are the living proof that prog does not mean boring.
CHEVREUIL are a 2-piece band scattered between France and Italy. Their next album due on the 22nd of May through Ruminance in the EU was produced by Steve Albini (him again...). "Capcombat" is taken from their former album and illustrates what their crafty math-rock is about. They are really THE band to see live so dont miss them if they hang around your town...awesome stuff!
CAU_CATIONAL BETREET are a UK outfit that you might meet playing "bizarre outdoor performances" in the street improvising noisy guitar parts a la Derek Bailey...now that is essential!
We are really enthusiastic to share that release with you and hope you will appreciate all those bands.